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Library Information
 

Library Terms: We know some of the words we use are specific to libraries. Databases, abstract, keyword and microform are seldom used outside the library. International students may have a particularly difficult time since they may not know the equivalent word in their primary language.

Good definitions of library-related terms can be found in the American Library Association Multilingual Glossary. One part provides definitions and the second part give translations in Chinese, Korean, Japanese, French and Spanish

Lost and Found: If you have misplaced something and think someone may have turned it in at the library, stop at or call the Circulation Desk at (507) 537-7278. If your item does not turn up at the library, contact the SMSU lost and found in SC 225, (507) 537-7330
 


 

Research Help


Starting Out: We recommend using our Research Guides. Highlight the general topic you need to research, then click on Submit. You will find a list of resources our librarians identified as good resources for your area. Guides list resources identified as useful for research in each area. Resources include journal indexes, reference materials, and web sites.

Finding Journals: To find out if the Library has paper or electronic copies of journals/periodicals/magazines, type a title into the search box on this page.

University Archives: The Striegel Archives (named after a retired SMSU librarian) houses materials considered significant enough to SMSU to merit a permanent place in the Library.

The largest collection in the Archives documents the history of SMSU administration, classes and student body, including committee minutes, program reviews, photographs, playbills, and oral histories. The Library places in the Archives one copy of theses and action research projects submitted by SMSU graduate students. When circulating copies are checked out or missing, the archived copies are available to be used on site.

These materials are available to researchers during regular Library hours by appointment. To schedule an appointment to use materials in the archives, contact Reference.


 


Borrowing Materials

Renewals: Renewable items can be renewed once only, if the item does not have a hold. Renewals may be made in person or online at mnpals.smsu.edu

Laptops: Yes. Laptops check out for 4 hours and can be used in the library only. You can check out a laptop at the Circulation Desk

Equipment: A list of audio/visual equipment available for check out is listed on the Circulation Services page.
 


 Technical Help

D2L Brightspace: Many questions about using D2L Brightspace, logging into the wireless network, and residential network connections are best answered by IT. Please see their informational pages for students and for faculty and staff.

Last Modified: 9/22/17 3:24 PM